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Third attack this year on Co Tyrone Orange Hall

Published 04/05/2016

An attack on an Orange Hall in Co Tyrone is an attack on the whole community, a spokesman has said
An attack on an Orange Hall in Co Tyrone is an attack on the whole community, a spokesman has said

An Orange Hall in Co Tyrone has been attacked for the third time this year.

Some 14 windows were smashed at Strawletterdallon Orange Hall, near Newtownstewart, during the early hours of Wednesday morning . A door was also damaged.

There were two similar attacks at the rural property in February.

An Orange Order spokesman said: "Once again Strawletterdallon has been attacked by vandals who have nothing to offer society, only destruction and division.

"These intolerant bigots believe they are damaging the Orange Institution by destroying its property. However, they fail to realise their wicked deeds are actually an attack on community groups in and around the Newtownstewart area who avail of this hall as a social facility and meeting place.

"Their actions are futile and are not representative of the local community who will quite rightly be appalled at this latest attack."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the incident was being treated as a hate crime.

Inspector Alison Ferguson has appealed for anyone with any information to contact officers in Strabane Police Station on 101, or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Orange Order said five of its properties have been targeted by vandals so far this year.

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